New Job Design Lexus LS Body Kit

Job Design Lexus LS Body Kit

Job Design, a Japan tuning firm specializing in Lexus & Toyota modifications, has released a new body kit for the Lexus LS, consisting of front wheel vents, a super-dropped suspension and new front & rear bumpers.

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I think it’s only natural, in light of the LS’ rather somber and elegant design, that body kit manufacturers would feel the need to gussy it up, but surely there’s a better option than making it look like a mix between VIP & Buick.

[Via: Kultivate’s Weblog]

Classic Top Gear 1990: Lexus LS 400 vs. Mercedes 420SE vs. Jaguar 4.0 vs. BMW 735i

Every once and a while, a classic Lexus LS 400 clip will show up on Youtube, showing the car up against its competitors, and it always amazes me just how throughly Lexus thought out their first model. Here we have a 1990 video clip from Top Gear, putting the LS 400 up against the Mercedes 420SE, Jaguar 4.0, and the BMW 735i:

To think that the Mercedes cost £4000 more than the LS 400, and didn’t even come with air conditioning or a radio (mind you, it was the long-wheelbase version). I’ve read that the luxury brands at the time were fairly complacent, but I had no idea of the extent.

Hybrid is Lexus brand defining technology in Britain

Lexus LS 600hL

There’s all sorts of interesting information in this BBC article about Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King trading in his Maserati Quattroporte for a Lexus LS 600hL, particularly when it comes to the state of Lexus in the UK:

Lexus has gone from strength to strength with its hybrid-powered luxury.

In the current atmosphere, its new environmental credentials have done what its reputation for reliability and refinement had failed to do for years, namely give the marque emotional appeal.

In recent months, the Japanese carmaker has won over a string of high level executive – including Mr King’s main rival, Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy – as well as many celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney and his daughter Stella.

Demand for hybrid Lexus models created a six-month waiting list for the 600h before its launch in October last year, a situation previously unheard of for Lexus, which even after two decades of trying has failed to sell much more than 50,000 cars per year in Europe.

Last year, almost a third of its sales in Europe were hybrids.

“Hybrid is Lexus brand defining technology,” a company official says. “Only Lexus has hybrid, and we have three while others have yet to launch one.”

Lexus is certainly winning over the right sort of customer in Britain, which is sure to do more for the brand than police force fleet sales.

Timo Glock Driving the Lexus IS-F

Timo Glock, Toyota’s latest F1 driver, was filmed taking the Lexus IS-F out for a racetrack spin, and I’m not all that sure how comfortable he looks:

Now that’s one serious driver, I would have liked to see him compete in the Best Motoring comparison. The result might have been quite different.

Lexus ES & RX Pebble Beach Commercial, plus Pricing

Two pieces of Lexus Pebble Beach news today, first off, the much searched-for Pebble Beach commercial has surfaced on Youtube:

Not much to the commercial, it’s strictly an announcement-style advertisement, but the Pebble Beach edition color really catches my attention. It’s nice to see it on more than just the SC 430.

The other news has to do with pricing. The PBE RX 350 has been on the Lexus site since the middle of February, and costs a premium of $3,880 over the regular RX. However, the pricing for the ES 350 PBE was announced today, which will be a $4,170 option. (Remember, there’s only to be 6,000 of each model made.)